Kelly J. Clifton is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. Dr. Clifton conducts research and teaches courses in various aspects of transportation planning and policy, including: travel behavior, land use and transportation, physical activity and health, and travel survey methods. She is the Director of the Oregon Modeling Collaborative, a consortium of public and private agencies working to research, develop and apply integrated transportation modeling approaches. She is also a fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the inaugural chair of the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research.
To date, she has served as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on funded research projects totaling nearly $5.4 million dollars as well as participating in several unfunded projects. Project sponsors include: Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, Metro, Maryland Department of Transportation, Active Living Research Division of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, US General Services Administration, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. She has published articles in Transportation, Transportation Research D, Accident Analysis and Prevention, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Transportation Statistics, Journal of Public Transportation, and Transportation Research Record.
Her current research projects have focused tools to aid in forecasting the demand for transportation (see Research page for a complete list of current projects). Dr. Clifton works in modeling the connections between land use and transportation at multiple scales and incorporating multiple modes. She and her team have made contributions to the GreenSTEP model – the greenhouse gas estimation software developed by Oregon Department of Transportation. While at the University of Maryland, she worked with a team to the developed of the suite of models included in Maryland Statewide Transportation Model. She also developed a pedestrian demand model MoPeD (Model of Pedestrian Demand) in a GIS platform that predicts pedestrian volumes at the supra-neighborhood scale. Another product of her recent research efforts is PEDS (the Pedestrian Environment Data Scan), an audit tool to evaluate microscale features of the pedestrian environment.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, Dr. Clifton worked as a researcher for the US Department of Energy in Morgantown, WV; a project manager for NuStats, a survey research firm in Austin Texas; and a transportation consulting firm, John F. Hickman and Associates in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Clifton has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, MS in Planning from the University of Arizona, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.